John Calipari Won’t Change Big Blue Madness Date


With the talk of having more practices before the upcoming season, there had been talk that the date of Big Blue Madness could change to earlier, but that doesn’t sound like it is going to happen.

John Calipari spoke with’s Andy Katz about the extra practice time and keeping Big Blue Madness the same.

Kentucky coach John Calipari wished he had a foreign trip this summer to prepare for what could be an unprecedented season with a seven-player recruiting class — so far — that rivals any collected recently.

But the Wildcats went three years ago, which is within the once-every-four-years allowable time period. So, just in time, here comes the NCAA board of directors with a chance to provide more practice time for the Wildcats when they need it most.

If the proposal goes through, teams will essentially be allowed to practice 30 times in a 42-day period before the first game on Nov. 8. They could start those practices as early as the last week of September or first week of October.

“I like it,” said Calipari, who added he wouldn’t change his Midnight Madness date of Oct. 18. “What we’re about to undertake has never been done before — to bring in a group like this. They recruited each other. We’ve got a great staff, but they recruited each other. It took the Miami Heat two years to do what they did. We’ve got to do it in three months. We’ll have the summer, but we could have used a foreign trip with this group.”

With a new wave of incoming players, John Calipari supports proposed practice changes.
Calipari said he’ll go back to using more of the dribble drive with this group (led by the Harrison twins, Aaron and Andrew).

“This thing has never been attempted,” said Calipari on Tuesday. “But we’ve got young players who need to be coached, who are great competitors and who love to work and want to win. I’m excited and already preparing this summer for what we’re trying to get done and get it done earlier.”

If there was ever a time for more practice, it is definitely this season.

Hopefully the NCAA will do something right for once.

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